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15 mentioned above under "TMC," APTA worked with the search for "Recommended Maintenance Practices for TMC to publish "Recommended Maintenance Practices for Transit Buses." For a listing of bus and component Transit Buses," a series of trucking RPs applicable to buses. OEMs, click on "E Business," and then "COMPS." This document can be ordered from APTA at $50 for mem- For TCRP reports click on "Book Store," and then bers and $100 for nonmembers. select the link under "Other Resources" to order the TCRP reports. TCRP Reports Available Through APTA. TCRP reports The APTA "Book Store" site also contains several published by TRB are available through APTA free of other publications helpful to those developing mainte- charge at www.tcrponline.org. nance practices. Click on "Operations and Technical Services" to find the following publications: "Guide- APTA Bus Standards Program Reports. The APTA Tran- lines for Bus Maintenance," "New Bus Manufac- sit Bus Standards Development Program is an outgrowth of turing Inspection Guidelines," and "Wedge Brake TCRP Project C-14 to develop consensus-based standards Rebuild Recommended Practice." for the transit bus industry. These standards, when devel- oped, will consist of RPs applied generically and voluntar- ily to the entire transit industry. The first standards being PART 3: PRIORITIZING REFERENCE developed are those for vehicles and related equipment, MATERIAL including: After collecting all of the reference material needed to Recommended Practice for Transit Bus In-Service develop practices, you can follow the suggestions below to Brake Stopping Performance Testing isolate the most useful information. Recommended Practice for Transit Bus Foundation Brake Replacement Lining Classification 1. If the OEM bus and component procedures are avail- Recommended Practice for Transit Bus Total Cooling able, use them for two important reasons: System Performance Capability Testing Manufacturer's procedures represent essential source Recommended Practice for Transit Bus Heating, Venti- material. lation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Instru- Following manufacturer's procedures helps to ensure mentation and Performance Testing warranty coverage. Recommended Practice for Transit Bus Brake Shoe Rebuild 2. Eliminate unsuitable reference material. Do not use Recommended Practice for Transit Bus Vehicle Data materials that are: Recorders Copyrighted (unless procedures found above in Recommended Practice for Transit Bus Fire Safety Part 1, Legal Considerations, are followed), Recommended Practice for Transit Bus Operator Qual- Out of date, ification and Training Incorrect, Confusing, or RPs for operating practices, safety, and other topics are Unsuitable for your local climate or operating condi- also underway. When finalized, the APTA bus standards will tions. be posted on the APTA website. 3. Compare and evaluate the remaining reference materials. Decide which is the most thorough, accurate, easy to understand, and suitable to your local conditions and Contact Information. shop environment. Mail: Select photos and illustrations that are the easiest to American Public Transportation Association understand and that clearly show complex equipment 1666 K Street, NW or procedures. If none are suitable, take your own Washington, DC 20006 photos (see Chapter 3 for details). Telephone: Identify the information you want to use from each General: 202-496-4800 source using Post-It notes or similar markers. For Information Center: 202-496-4889 example, one source may provide the best list of tools needed, while another may provide the clearest step- Internet: by-step instructions. To obtain a copy of the truck RPs assembled for 4. Synthesize selected reference text taken from the APTA by the TMC entitled "Recommended Mainte- various sources and organize it under the appropriate nance Practices for Transit Buses," go to www. sections of the practice headings. apta.com. Click on "Book Store," then "Catalog," Those using the electronic Word template can type then "Operations and Technical Services," and then the synthesized material directly into appropriate